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Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 12:00 am
As a 15-year-old I read Conscience of a Conservative and became a proud supporter of Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential candidate. I couldn’t understand why he got beaten up so badly in the media for his, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” because he meant to promote liberty, not extremism. Goldwater was an honest and honorable candidate who got beat 61-39 percent in the popular vote. Now I’m trying to understand why Donald Trump, who is neither honest nor honorable, seems to be running a much closer race and can’t be counted out. One factor is that the country was still traumatized by President Kennedy’s assassination just a year before the 1964 election, and Goldwater was running against an incumbent, if non-elected, president. But the biggest difference may be that back then voters were informed by mainstream media. They got their news from newspapers and from three major television networks. Now they are informed – at least inflamed – by the internet, talk radio and cable news. There’s a lot of good to be said about the proliferation of media voices, but the early results don’t bode well for democratic government. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 12:00 am
Americans discouraged by the presidential campaign should read President Barack Obama’s essay, “The way ahead,” in the latest issue of The Economist. “Why have some on the far left and even mo
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 12:00 am
As you’ll read in Patrick Yeagle’s cover story this week, Springfield is the capital of video gambling in Illinois. It has the most establishments offering video gambling – 176 – of any city,
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Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 12:00 am
 If you haven’t voted yet, it’s time to get to the poll and make your voice heard. There are great candidates on the ballot in every category. The super-enthused electorate, happy not angry,
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:00 am
Sangamon County is eerily quiet during this election campaign. True, Illinois as a blue state isn’t in play for the presidential election, so that cuts us out of a lot of hoopla. But what about the
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:00 am
Chuck Todd, the political director of NBC News and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” was informative and entertaining as he commented on the current political news for the Better Government Assoc
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Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 12:00 am
 One person who wasn’t surprised by the sudden closure of ITT Technical Institute in Springfield and three other cities in Illinois was U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Springfield, who has been war
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 12:00 am
In a political climate with intolerance as a theme, the goodheartedness that shows up in Springfield is remarkable. Last Thursday evening the big sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church was nearl
Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:00 am
It looks like Tammy Duckworth is going to be our next U.S. senator, so we’d better start getting to know her. Sen. Mark Kirk’s ads against Duckworth are so shrill as to be unconvincing. Nobody bel
Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 12:00 am
Watching Bruce Rauner throw his money around brings mixed feelings. First he buys Republican politicians, then the champion steer. He plans to renovate the governor’s mansion with private money, beg


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